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Walker to mend political divide with brats, beer

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker waves at his victory party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker waves at his victory party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
By Scott Bauer
Associated Press / June 6, 2012
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MADISON, Wis.—Gov. Scott Walker wants to go about mending Wisconsin's political divide in an egalitarian way: over brats and beers.

On Tuesday, Walker defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to become the nation's first governor to survive a recall election.

Now the rising Republican star is focusing his message on what lies ahead. His term runs through 2014, and he faces a bitterly divided state.

Walker says it's time "to put our differences aside and find ways to work together."

The governor planned to meet with his cabinet Wednesday and then to invite all members of the Legislature to meet as soon as next week over burgers, brats and "maybe a little bit of good Wisconsin beer."

The effort to remove Walker was only the third gubernatorial recall in U.S. history.

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